Reddick deserves All-Star recognition

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Reddick deserves All-Star recognition

In the middle of the A's clubhouse over the course of the weekend was a box for the players' All-Star ballots. The ballots were sealed in an envelope and removed on Sunday. While the players didn't divulge who they voted for, A's manager Bob Melvin wasn't shy in admitting that Josh Reddick was one of his outfield submissions. Clearly the fans don't agree. Here are the latest numbers in the MLB All-Star voting for outfielders: OUTFIELDERS - ranked by voteJosh Hamilton, Rangers, 7,310,824- (.319, 22 HR, 64 RBI)
Curtis Granderson. Yankees, 3,812,339 - (.246, 21 HR, 41 RBI)
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 2,773,442 - (.237, 24 HR, 57 RBI)
Nelson Cruz, Rangers, 2,681,019 - (.258, 11 HR, 47 RBI)
Adam Jones, Orioles, 2,633,259 - (.300, 19 HR, 41 RBI)
David Murphy, Rangers, 1,738,805 - (.274, 7 HR, 25 RBI)
Nick Swisher, Yankees, 1,529,349 - (.268, 12 HR, 46 RBI)
Austin Jackson, Tigers, 1,212,881 - (.313, 7 HR, 30 RBI)
Jeff Francoeur, Royals, 1,183,817 - (.264, 6 HR, 20 RBI)
Brett Gardner, Yankees, 1,031,382 - (injured)
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, 1,015,482 - (.273, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 10 SB)
Alex Gordon, Royals, 901,595 - (.264, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 41 Runs)
Nick Markakis. Orioles, 888,183 - (injured)
B.J. Upton, Rays, 881,785 - (.259, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 13 SB)
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 775,261 - (injured)
Josh Reddick's name is suspiciously absent from that list. A glimpse at his numbers indicate that he deserves to be the first position player to represent the A's at the All-Star game since Ramon Hernandez in 2003. Reddick is batting .266 with 17 homers, and 38 RBI while playing in a pitcher's park. The Coliseum is also notoriously tough on left-handed hitters. Defensively he has five outfield assists, which tied him for first in the American League before the league took notice and stopped testing his arm. Reddick is second amongst AL outfielders in triples (4), tied for fifth in home runs (17) and runs (47), and tied for fourth in total bases (143). He also lifts the team when they need it the most. He is batting .295 (33 for 112) with nine home runs and 21 RBI with two outs. He is ranked second in the AL in two-out home runs. Reddick could help the AL All-Star team as a fourth or fifth outfielder. He has proven useful at the plate and defensively. With Ron Washington's decision to make Melvin one of the AL All-Star team coaches, his influence might be enough to get Reddick on the squad.Not DeservingThe All-Star game is for the fans, but fan voting is always suspect at best. Immediately, Markakis, Gardner, and Ellsbury can be removed from the list because they are currently injured. Gardner and Ellsbury have played in 16 games combined this season. Cruz, Murphy, Francouer, Suzuki, Gordon, and Upton are all underperforming this season. None of their numbers deserve All-Star recognition. Reddick's numbers trump almost all of their stats. Swisher and Jackson are ranked seventh and eighth respectively in fan voting. They are more deserving than the aforementioned players, but Reddick has played better than both of them. Deserving At 1 on the list, the fans got Josh Hamilton correct. There is no disputing what he has done. Curtis Granderson is hitting a paltry .246, and Jose Bautista's average is even worse at .237, but the rest of their numbers are clearly All-Star worthy. Adam Jones should be number two on the list. He is hitting .300, with 19 homers and 40 RBIs, and his .561 slugging percentage would rank him second-highest amongst the top vote-getters. Like Jones, Reddick hit 10 homers in the month of May. Not on the list but should beAside from Reddick, these are the outfielders that also should be considered All-Star caliber. Twins outfielder Josh Willingham's .390 on-base percentage is 10 points higher than Hamilton's (.380). He also has 15 homers, 49 RBIs and is hitting .275. Mark Trumbo is tied with Reddick for sixth in the AL with 17 home runs, his .980 OPS is the second-highest amongst outfielders in the league. The Angels slugger is also hitting .316. Angels rookie Mike Trout also deserves recognition, he is hitting .338, with seven home runs and 21 stolen bases.

A's lineup: Healy moves into three spot, LaMarre gets first start

A's lineup: Healy moves into three spot, LaMarre gets first start

Bob Melvin has issued his lineup as the A's try to snap a five-game losing streak in Game 2 of a series against the Astros.

Oakland A's (10-13)

1. Jaff Decker (L) RF
2. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
3. Ryon Healy (R) DH
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Chad Pinder (R) SS
9. Ryan LaMarre (R) CF
Andrew Triggs -- RHP 


Houston Astros (15-8)

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Carlos Beltran (S) LF
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Brian McCann (L) C
8. Evan Gattis (R) DH
9. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
Joe Musgrove -- RHP

Reddick gets best of old roommate Healy, and the A's

Reddick gets best of old roommate Healy, and the A's

HOUSTON — Enduring a five-game losing streak is tough enough on its own.

Watching a former teammate play a part in prolonging the misery is worse.

Josh Reddick wasn’t the most dominant player on the field Friday for the Astros, but he picked his spots to make his presence felt, and that added a little salt to the wound for the A’s in a 9-4 defeat that was their fifth in a row. They’ve now lost 10 straight times to Houston.

Reddick was mad at himself after not making the play on Ryon Healy’s double in the sixth inning. He got another chance in the eighth and robbed his former roommate with a terrific catch as he slammed into the wall to end the inning. That stranded two runners and preserved what was a 7-4 lead at the time.

“Any time you’re playing against your former team you wanna do well against them. Beating them makes it a little bit sweeter,” Reddick said. “But when you can make a catch against a guy you became pretty good buddies with in a tight situation, it adds more to that.”

After Healy got his first big league call-up last July, and before the A’s traded Reddick to the Dodgers on Aug. 1, Reddick invited the rookie to move into his house as he cut his teeth in the bigs.

“I’m going to be giving Ryon a lot of crap, I guess you could say,” Reddick said afterward. “He gave me a little signal and finger wave and shook his head on the (double). I got him back and a little bit of payback.”

Reddick, who signed a four-year $52 million free agent deal with Houston in the offseason, was a pest to the A’s in more unconventional ways too. Twice he reached base on catcher’s interference calls when his bat hit the mitt of Stephen Vogt, another of Reddick’s closest friends on the A’s. It happened in the bottom of the first and contributed to the Astros’ three-run rally that tied the game off Jharel Cotton after the A’s had grabbed a 3-0 lead on Khris Davis’ three-run homer.

Vogt talked about both interference plays with mild disgust, more upset with the situation itself than Reddick personally.

“Typically I’m pretty far back behind the batter," Vogt said. “Reddick, I guess, has a pretty long swing when he’s trying to go the other way. … It’s just one of those freak things that obviously I’m not real thrilled about. It’s just frustrating. You don’t see it very often. It’s not really how you swing the bat typically, but he does a good job going the other way, and it’s on me. I’ve gotta make sure I’m far enough back and not reaching for the ball.”

As for Reddick’s important catch in the eighth, Vogt said:

“It’s hard to see him in a different uniform, and I know he loved it here as well. It’s hard to see him playing against us 19 times. To see him making catches like that, it’s not very much fun when he’s not wearing green.”

However, the A’s have more pressing issues than getting stung by old friends. They’ve struck out 57 times over the past five games, and with each day that passes, it’s increasingly clear how much they miss the speed and playmaking ability of center fielder Rajai Davis, as well as the offensive production of shortstop Marcus Semien. Both are on the disabled list, Davis for the short term with a strained hamstring and Semien likely for a couple of months due to wrist surgery.

Cotton wasn’t sharp, allowing a career-high 10 hits and failing to protect two early leads he was given. Those are the growing pains that will come for a rookie pitcher. What the A’s can’t afford are three-error nights like they had Friday and continuing to whiff at their current rate.

“When we went through our winning streak, we played real clean games, and now we’re a little shoddy,” manager Bob Melvin said. “There’s a psychological play that goes with that. When you’re not making plays and giving extra outs, it makes it tougher on pitchers and tougher mentally.”